March 26, 2018

DonationPictured left to right: Mike Brownell, Laural Brownell, and Kelly Huenink, NJC Associate Professor of Ag Business.

March 26, 2018, Sterling, CO – Northeastern Junior College (NJC) Foundation is pleased to announce Mike and Laural Brownell directed a $2,500 donation from the Monsanto Fund to the NJC Agriculture Department. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities grant was utilized to help increase learning opportunities in Precision Agriculture and support the incorporation of technology in the area of soil and crop science instruction at NJC.  The addition of weather and soil sensing equipment along with supporting technology for aerial drones already being used by NJC students are the main focus of the donated funds.  The program headed by Andy Bartlet, Soil and Crop Science Professor, is also looking at adding 3-D printing capabilities to engage students in technology being used in the industry.

“We have strong ties to NJC,” said Laural Brownell. Mike Brownell was an agriculture instructor for crops and soils for over twenty years at NJC.

The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company that focuses on strengthening farming communities and the communities where their employees live and work. The America’s Famers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the chance to win anywhere from a $2,500 to $10,000 donation for a non-profit organization of their choice in the county they farm or reside in. The NJC Foundation appreciates this donation from the Brownell’s and their continued support to NJC.